Soundings

11 November – 3 December 2016

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Soundings

 

11 November – 3 December 2016

 

An exhibition of new work by Felim Egan will open on Thursday 10 November and will run until Saturday 3 December.

In this exhibition of paintings Egan draws inspiration from ancient Celtic carvings, connecting them to a wider circle of influence, spanning from northern France to the Mesopotamian empire.

Egan describes his work as, “A personal landscape, remembered or imagined, a far away place unknown yet somehow familiar. An invented random geometry, I attempt to connect ‘bits and pieces’ that don’t quite match or add-up. In many ways, a reflection of the chaotic world we live in, trying to make a sense of it all through the language of painting. Not in conflict, but in dialogue with the canvas, attempting to create calm from chaos.”

He looks at angles, geometric shapes and colour, drawing inspiration from what he describes as, “a world of soft squares and wobbly circles, plotted arbitrarily as the stars appear to be, working on a way to make these incongruous icons and fragments blend but never completely”

Egan works through a process to create his paintings, whilst considering the effects chance and random occurrences. “I approach the work, viewing it from all angles, watching paint change intensity and colour as it soaks into and dries on the linen. This unknown part of the process can create ‘happy’ incidents, or problems to resolve, beyond my immediate control, creating a freedom within the work.”

Felim was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied at Belfast and Portsmouth, England before attending the Slade School of Art in London. He then spent a year at the British School at Rome in 1980 before returning to Dublin. Since then he has lived and worked at Sandymount Strand and the Docklands, on the edge of Dublin Bay. He has exhibited widely across Europe and his work hangs in numerous public collections. He is a member of Aosdána.